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Image Analysis and Stereo Analyst in ArcGIS

Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping announce the availability of Image Analysis for ArcGIS, the GIS professional’s solution for preparing ‘GIS-ready’ imagery, creating ‘GIS-ready’ imagery from airborne sensors, extracting information from imagery and analyzing imagery to create spatial and non-spatial information.

Image Analysis for ArcGIS empowers the GIS professional by enabling them to extract up-to-date information from imagery directly into a geospatial database. With Leica Geosystems’ newest professional level image processing tool, ArcGIS customers can go beyond using imagery as a backdrop for vector maps, and begin using digital imagery for information extraction, analysis, and direct integration into a GIS. To get a first-hand look at the capabilities of Image Analysis for ArcGIS, visit Leica Geosystems at booth #300 at ASPRS in Anchorage, Alaska, USA on 7-9 May.

Available worldwide, Image Analysis for ArcGIS supports a wide range of applications. Regardless of skill or experience with image processing or remote sensing, the software is easy to use by any ArcGIS user at the ArcView, ArcEditor, or ArcInfo level. Additionally, Image Analysis for ArcGIS is built with the same underlying technology of ERDAS IMAGINE, utilizing standards of COM/VBA, and is an upgrade for current ArcView Image Analysis Extension customers. Access to a complete array of satellite and airborne data is provided by the full complement of data importers and raster DLLs from ERDAS IMAGINE. The vast majority of Image Interpreter tools from ERDAS IMAGINE are included along with single frame orthorectification, color balanced mosaic, and a simplified supervised classification. Using the new high-resolution imagery available, forest stand information can be derived from imagery and combined with other information to compute stand potential. With multispectral imagery and a few clicks of the mouse, vegetation maps can be produced using the desired vegetation index. Change detection analysis can be performed on raw imagery or using the results of classification analysis.

A simultaneous release of Stereo Analyst for ArcGIS has also been announced by Leica Geosystems. Stereo Analyst for ArcGIS is a 3D solution for creating and maintaining highly accurate GIS data and information that is stored in ESRI’s Geodatabase and used for analysis, digital mapping and visualization by GIS professionals. The software, created in cooperation with ESRI, preserves the investment made in a GIS by giving multiple users the ability to directly create and update data in a geospatial database. Now available worldwide, Leica Geosystems’ GIS & Mapping, LLC has created Stereo Analyst for ArcGIS to be a fully integrated ESRI ArcGIS software extension that uses stereo imagery. An upgrade path is available for existing Stereo Analyst customers, which allows them to use existing Stereo Analyst seats if desired.